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Green Advocate

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    A Holistic Approach to Housing

    David Hall and Keith Moskow have been renovating, retrofitting, and upgrading multi-family homes in Newburyport, Massachusetts, for over 30 years. Their fathers began buying real estate together in the 1960s,…

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    Accepting the 2030 Challenge

    Not long ago, I spoke with Kirsten Ritchie, principal of Gensler—a global integrated architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm—about the role architects and designers can play in combating climate change.…

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    Affordable Housing Retrofits

    When I first hopped on the phone with Shane Totten, I asked him for the nutshell explanation of Southface Institute’s work because what I was gathering felt impossible to condense…

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    Deep-Energy Retrofit of an Old Timber Frame

    Built c. 1780, this timber-framed house sits on nearly 200 acres in Washington Depot, CT. The client purchased the property in November 2019, and it has been in the hands…

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    Designing for Solar Panels

    It’s been interesting to watch the evolution of solar power over the last three decades—so many advances, a few stubborn hurdles. One thing that remains a constant is the importance…

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    Rammed Earth: Creating a 500-Year House

    The rammed-earth construction technique is several thousand years old and is thought to have originated independently in both China, where original rammed-earth sections of the Great Wall are still standing,…

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    Technologies Take Priority

    This recently completed 2540-sq.-ft. one-and-a-half-story single-family home is something of an experiment in new technologies. Located in Everson, Washington, the Built Green−certified 5-star project features an advanced HVAC system for…

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    A Wood-Centric Build

    Matt O’Malia and the team at Maine-based GO Logic have been on the leading edge of prefab Passive House design and construction since gaining a strong foothold with their GO Home…

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    Building Against the Grain

    Steve Weise is trying to move the needle. A seasoned builder, first-time developer, and owner of Leading Force Energy & Design Center based in Yakima, Washington, he finds himself in…

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    Proof of Concept

    “Every good design solution solves at least two problems.” —Michael Klement, architect Marti and Tom Burbeck think about things like the shrinking Arctic ice cap, the global pandemic that is…